Hello. I’m Gavin Edwards, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Last Night at the Viper Room, the ’Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy series, and (with the original MTV VJs) the New York Times bestseller VJ. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I like caffeine, boardgames, and lists with three items.

In Praise of R. Sikoryak

Over at BoingBoing, I wrote an essay about the most excellent illustrator of The Tao of Bill Murray, R. Sikoryak. Over here, I’m happy to post one of my favorite pieces of art from the book, where Bill Murray worms his way into the world of M.C. Escher.

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posted 8 December 2016 in Links. no comments yet

Mint Museum Event Cancelled

If you were planning on coming to the Mint Museum tonight for their “Wine on Wednesday,” it’s been cancelled due to the expectation of widespread (and hopefully peaceful) protest in uptown Charlotte tonight. We’ll be rescheduling–I’ll keep you posted.

posted 30 November 2016 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

Tao of Bill Murray Reading/Signing Schedule II

final-cover-artIf you live in Charlotte or Atlanta, and your dream is to have me sign a copy of The Tao of Bill Murray, then good things are about to happen for you. (Also, you need to have more ambitious dreams.)

On Wednesday, November 30th–tomorrow!–I will be at the Mint Museum for their “Wine on Wednesday” event. It’s from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, but I will be there signing books (and gladhanding and hobnobbing) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you arrive earlier (i.e., at 5:30) you can meet Amber Smith, author of the new YA smash hit The Way I Used to Be. You can also drink (and gladhand and hobnob) and check out the art. (Currently on display: “Women of Abstract Expressionism.”) The Mint Museum Uptown is at the Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte NC 28202.

Next Thursday, December 8th, I will be in Atlanta, reading and answering questions and signing books at the most excellent A Cappella Books. No wine, so far as I know, but I guarantee good times nevertheless. (Plus, on request: gladhanding and hobnobbing.) The reading is at 7 p.m., and A Cappella is at 208 Haralson Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307.

Hope to see you at one of these events! Bring every human being you’ve ever met!

posted 29 November 2016 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, poet, genius, and gentleman, has died at the age of 82. I interviewed him two years ago in a banquet room at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles, and although I didn’t have a lot of time in his presence, every sentence he uttered was a pearl. I wrote two completely different articles about our encounter, both for Rolling Stone. One was an article largely about the making of the album. (“I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t court women. So I have a lot of free time.”) The other was an interview covering everything from sandwiches to what he wanted his legacy to be. (“There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by.”) Play his music and toast him as he ascends to the Leonard Cohen afterworld that Kurt Cobain dreamed of.

posted 11 November 2016 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

99 Luftballoons

99luftballonsHave you been wondering what Nena, the German singer best known in the States for her 1984 single “99 Luftballoons,” has been up to for the past three decades? Then you’re in luck, because I wrote an article for the New York Times about her. Be warned: the history of the song becoming an American hit is a strange confluence of DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, famous heroin addict Christiane F., and experimental noise band Einstürzende Neubauten.

posted 12 October 2016 in Articles. 1 comment

If You Want a Signed and Inscribed Copy of The Tao of Bill Murray

final-cover-artSo you’ve read the reviews and you want to buy a copy of The Tao of Bill Murray for yourself or a loved one, but you want it signed by the author (i.e., me)–what’s your winning strategy? The answer is “Get in touch with the cool people at Park Road Books in Charlotte, North Carolina.” They will be happy to sell you a copy of the book and ship it to you, and I will be equally happy to come by the store and sign it (or even to personalize it with your name, or the name of someone you love, or the name “Natasha” just because you like how that sounds).

Call them up at 704-525-9239, or if you’d rather email them, drop them a line at orders@parkroadbooks.com. Tell ’em I say hi.

If a signature isn’t important to you or if you want the book faster, you have other options, of course: you can buy the book from Random House, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s, or your local bookstore. Or you can get it as an impossible-to-sign audiobook.

posted 27 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

Tao of Bill Murray Review Roundup

final-cover-artThe Tao of Bill Murray came out last week, and there was rejoicing throughout the land. I think rather highly of the book–as well I should–but perhaps you’d like reports and opinions from some impartial commentators?

In the New York Times Book Review, columnist John Williams observed that “there seems to be just one big rule underlying the many anecdotes in this book: Have bizarre fun however and whenever you want.”

At the Washington Post, reviewer John Wilwol wrote that it “captures Murray’s enigmatic, comic genius.”

In Newsday (the New York newspaper based in Long Island), Daniel Bubbeo called it “insightful” and noted “You never know what to expect from Bill Murray whenever he’s on film, but the actor is even more unpredictable off screen.”

And over at the GeekDad website, James Floyd Kelly reviewed the book and declared, “You will love The Tao of Bill Murray. Period.”

posted 26 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff, Links. no comments yet

The Tao of Bill Murray Trailer

final-cover-artMy book, The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing, is out on Tuesday, September 20th (brought to you by the good people at Random House). The LA Weekly has already offered their opinion: “invite yourself to the party, put on some music, drop some coin and buy the book.” Still not sure? Try watching this amazing four-minute trailer for the book.

Want a copy of The Tao of Bill Murray for yourself or a loved one? You can get the book from Random House, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s, or your local bookstore. Or if you’re interested in an audio copy (six hours and 47 minutes of me reading the unabridged text), this page will lead you to your favorite audiobook purveyor. And then, as Bill once ad-libbed, “you’re on a gravy train with biscuit wheels.”

posted 17 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

Tao of Bill Murray Reading/Signing Schedule

final-cover-artCitizens of the world! I am coming to your town to meet you and talk about Bill Murray–if that town is New York City or Charlotte, North Carolina. (I’m hoping to add more dates–watch this space.) Here are the details on my two confirmed readings and signings for The Tao of Bill Murray, which Library Journal called “hilarious” and which will be released next Tuesday (September 20th).

New York City / September 20th

Join us at a birthday party for Bill! The man turns 66 at midnight, so we’ll celebrate appropriately. At the cool Syndicated space in Bushwick, I’ll be reading a short excerpt from The Tao of Bill Murray and answering a few questions with genius illustrator R. Sikoryak, then we’ll be watching Groundhog Day, followed by a signing (both Mr. Sikoryak and I will be signing the book–probably your only chance to catch the two of us together) and a slideshow. Plus: merriment and surprise guests. (Bill, if you’re reading this, consider yourself totally invited.)

More info here, but here’s the essentials:

6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 20th, at Syndicated Bar/Theater/Kitchen in Bushwick (40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY 11206–two blocks away from the Morgan Avenue L stop). Tickets can be bought in advance through that link–just $3! (That gets you into the movie–buying the book is separate.)

Charlotte, NC / September 23rd

The good people of Park Road Books are hosting me for this Friday-evening shindig: I’ll be reading some favorite sections from The Tao of Bill Murray, and then I will answer questions about Bill and anything under the sun. Also: I’m not ruling out the possibility of merriment and surprise guests. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

More info here, but here’s the essentials:

7:00 pm on Friday, September 23rd, at Park Road Books, which is in the Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28209 (just slightly uphill from Blackhawk Hardware). Admission is free!

posted 14 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

Tao of Bill Murray Preview

final-cover-artIf you’re looking forward to my upcoming book The Tao of Bill Murray but can’t bear the frustration of it not being published until September 20th (that’s just a week from tomorrow!), then I come bearing good news, like Bill Murray with a tray of BBQ sandwiches. If you go to the book’s page on Amazon and make use of the “Look inside” button, you will find quite a bit of the book there: you might read about Bill’s Christmas cards, or how he handles getting a phone call when somebody’s dialed the wrong number. Or if you think you’re in the market to buy the audiobook version, but you aren’t sure whether I can read my own book out loud without knocking out a tooth or bonking my head on the microphone, then you might want to check out this four-minute excerpt of me reading the opening section. If you like what you read/hear, you can buy the book from Random House, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell’s, or your local bookstore.

posted 12 September 2016 in Buy My Stuff. 2 comments